Ten steps to happy homemaking ~ new and improved

This is a new and improved version of a list of tips that I wrote many years ago for an e-mail list for home educating families. A wife and homemaker has many ways to serve and this list is composed of things that I've done to try to fulfill my roles to the best of my ability! While I was considering ways to improve my tips ~ really to explain them more thoroughly ~  I made two into one and added another! I never included it before ~ thinking it was a given ~ but years later I realize that far too many miss out on it! JOY! Never ever forget the joy, folks!

While my tips might not appeal to everyone, they help me to be a happy wife, mother, and homemaker. Tips, suggestions, hints…these things have helped me to be the best that I can be and do the most with my God-given talents!

1. Be Organized and Diligent ~ There should be a place for everything and everything should be returned to its place when it is not in use. Every family member is responsible for cleaning up their mess and babies are trained to pick up their things as soon as they can take them out (this is done by example, then by working with a happy mom, then by independently working). An orderly home is a peaceful one and provides a great environment in which to learn! You may think this is a tall order, but it does make for easier day to day living! Have a good routine for meals, dusting, disinfecting, vacuuming, laundry, and ironing. Children should work with parents to help keep the home clean. Keep it up doing a bit daily as to never get behind. A home kept this way will never be dirty or overwhelming to clean and will be a pleasure to live in and to open to others.

2. Be Wise ~ If you home educate: choose a home education method that works for both the parents and the children, try not to be tossed to and fro with every kind of home education. Research carefully and know yourself and your children well enough to make wise choices. Remember each family is different and will make different choices. Do not feel pressured to compare yourself to other families, just be sure to keep up with the laws in your state. If your children attend school elsewhere: be involved!!

3. Be Sensible ~ Do not get so carried away trying to be frugal that you end up wasting valuable time obsessing to save a few dollars. Remember that we are to be good stewards of our time and our money. There are many items that save so much time that they are worth the extra money, try to find a good balance. Being sensible doesn't mean that you can't budget money for fun things and extras! Life is not a contest to see who can be the most frugal!

4. Be Rested ~ When our children were small, I insisted that each child rest daily (older children read, or did a quiet activity) as to provide for quiet time each day. This is wonderful for all ages and helps everyone to be fresh for the late afternoon and evening. For little ones, have a read aloud time before nap each day as to wind down and prepare for rest. When our children became teenagers it amused me greatly to see several of them plan daily rest time (i.e. watching a show together, reading). We no longer have any napping children in our home, but we all cherish what we call 'wind down time'!

5. Be Refreshed ~ Mom can read a good book, meditate, study the Bible, work on correspondence, or work on hobbies while the kids have quiet time. Spend this time doing what you enjoy and you will be relaxed for your family each evening. When our children were small, and especially when we had babies and toddlers, I took a rest time daily while the children rested. This time was absolutely critical for me and helped me to be energized for the rest of the day!

6. Be Dedicated ~ Spend time each evening reading aloud as a family. Read good books, read God’s word, discuss God’s word, sing together, and pray together. What a wonderful way to wind down together as a family after a busy day. We have never stopped spending this precious time together each evening. We have read dozens of novels aloud together and read the Bible through many times. When our oldest children were small they each got to choose a song to sing after the Bible reading! Now that we only have one little one, he chooses two songs and the older kids choose another (at first the little guy chose children's Bible songs, now he alternates between those and hymns)!

7. Be Responsible ~ Though caring for our spiritual needs is the priority (as in numbers six and seven), we are still taught to care for our physical bodies. Eat well and take care of your body. Practice self-control in all areas. We have found over the years that we all feel better when we add some type of daily exercise to our day: walking, exercise DVD's (we've done several series), yardwork ~ whatever works for you!

8. Be Content ~ Your home should be a haven, not a crossroad, be content in your life. Find fulfillment in God’s role for you: as a wife, mother, and homemaker. Seek to manifest the fruit of the spirit in your life. Be a godly wife who submits to her husband, her spiritual leader, in all things. Train up your children in accordance with God’s word — finding JOY in them at every stage!

9. Be Joyful ~ Enjoy your children. Show affection to them. Nurture them. Admonish them with a gentle spirit. Smile and show them that you love them for who they are…not just who you want them to become some day! Be a happy wife and show your husband love, respect and a pleasant attitude!

10. Be Desirable ~ Your body belongs to your husband, be all he could ever desire in a wife. Ravish him with your love and satisfy him at all times. Enjoy the special gifts God has given to husbands and wives. When it comes to human relationships, there is nothing more wonderful on this planet than the love between a husband and a wife!




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